A reader named Lisa recently inquired about where to mail-order Armenian-style holiday treats.
“I was wondering if you know of sources for mail ordering Armenian food?
My mother used to order rahat locum, fruit leathers, chocolate covered nuts and apricot roll every Christmas. Now she is gone and I wish I could remember the name of the company she would order from. I believe it was in California. I have found a couple of Armenian bakeries online but I can't find any place online that sells apricot roll! If you know of any, please let me know.”
I wasn’t sure if she meant apricot leather (also called ‘paste’) that’s sold in large sheets. So I asked her. Lisa replied, “The apricot rolls I am thinking of are called "apricot logs" by some. They are about the size of baby carrots (and look about the same) and are rolled in coconut.”
I sent her 3 sources which I’ve used over the years: Nory Locum (in California), Liberty Orchards (in Washington state), and Macar and Sons (in south Florida). None of them, however, seemed to have the apricot rolls or logs she was seeking.
But … After researching a bit more, I did find an on-line source, Cal Yee Farm in Suisun Valley, CA, that carries apricot rolls.
As it happened, I was preparing to post an apricot candy recipe to kick-off the coming ‘season of sweets’.
If ever Lisa can't find ready-made apricot rolls or logs, I hope this homemade recipe will satisfy her request - and - give you and your loved ones a sweet Christmas memory of your own.
Looking for more apricot treats? Check out these previously posted recipes: Apricot Leather, Apricot Pie, and Apricot Crescent Cookies.
|Homemade Apricot Leather|
|Apricot Crescent Cookies|
Yields about 60 pieces
NOTE: The recipe can easily be doubled.
1 lb. dried apricots
1/3 cup powdered (Confectioner’s) sugar (Note: Add up to ½ cup powdered sugar, if you prefer it sweeter.)
4 tsp. orange juice, optional
Coating options: Finely ground pistachio nuts, finely shredded coconut, or powdered sugar
Place apricots in a bowl with enough warm water to cover; soak for 10 minutes or until apricots become plump. Drain; pat dry with paper towels.
|Apricots soaking in warm water|
Divide the apricot mixture into fourths. Working with ¼ mixture at a time, place it on a piece on parchment paper on a work surface. Shape and roll it into a rope about ½-inch in diameter. Cut the rope into one inch pieces.
|Apricot paste rolled into a rope; coconut and pistachios standing by!|
Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid. (Note: If you store the candies in layers, place parchment paper or waxed paper in between the layers to prevent the candies from sticking together.)
To serve: Place each in a mini paper or foil liner.
Special Note: This recipe was adapted from a recipe submitted to the ‘Hovnanian School Cookbook’ by Maral Medzadourian